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    Im only 14 years old and i suffer from rosacea on both my cheeks, i was diagnosed properly a month ago by a derm but this all started October last year. A year ago i was a happy teenage girl, i went to parties, i had heaps of mates, i had a boyfriend, i got good grades at school, i was considered beautiful, i was a competitive gymnast and a state champion soccer player.

    My dream ever since i was little was too be an actress and make it big in hollywood with broadway and movies, drama and acting was my life. But now i feel so much older and drained in both body and my mind. I feel ugly, and uncomfortable in my own body, and It never ends for me, the constant fear of flushing, the burning sensastion, the phobia of the colour red, social anxiety, depression.

    Rosacea has destroyed my confidence and my life. I hate looking at myself in the mirror, i cant spend more then 20 seconds out in the sun without turning red, i cannot stand the heat and pain anymore , i am the subject of misconceptions, jokes and rude comments about my cheeks at school.
    I was forced to quit soccer and gymnastics, because of the sun and because of the strenuous exercise that came with both of them.
    Im only 14 and my life is a nightmare, the only break i can get from this rosacea hell is when im asleep but even then i can wake up in the middle of the night screaming and crying because of the burning pain.
    I feel as though my life is already slipping away from me, i wont ever know the full experience of alcohol as it is a trigger for rosacea or live a normal teenage girls life, i feel as though i wont be able to ever go out again and not have too worry about my face.
    Im sick to death of carrying around spray bottles, bottles of water, ice, medication with me every where i go, i want a normal teenage life im sick of staying home doing nothing, im sick of the looks people give me when they see me skin, im just sick to death of hating myself.
    I would not mind getting this condition at 40 or 50 like it normally comes on but 14, i mean im so young too have my life affected and taken away from me this much at this age. No body without this condition will truly understand the pain and suffering we all go through.
    Im sorry but i just needed to rant, ive had a terrible day and a terrible 5 months or so dealing with this and im not keen on some of my life with it either, i read somewhere that if you get this when you are young that it can be treated and possibly go away because of your body still developing, i was wondering if that was even the smallest bit true????
    I strictly avoid all the rosacea triggers everyday, including sugar ( trying my best, because when im upset i do tend to binge eat). Im currently on an anti-candida diet and cell food drops, and in the middle of enrolling into an online highschool so i wont have to deal with all the stress of people and my skin in class everyday. Im so sorry for my massive rant but i just cant get over this disease and how some people/doctors dont understand the true impact it has on our lives. Rosacea is more then a cosmetic disorder, it is more then a red face, it is relapsing chronic and life ruining. 2 people that have been diagonsed with rosacea have killed themselves and thousands more have developed depression or a mental disorder and if thats not saying anything i really dont know what this world has come too. Having this has inspired me too study dermatology and specialist in skin, My dreams of being an actor are still there and i hope oneday i still can be that and accomplish my true dreams. If you made it too the end of my rant congratulations haha and even more if you suffer from rosacea and are still here and alive i just wanted you too know that im so proud of you, people with perfect skin are so lucky no one should ever take that for granted


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    Quote Originally Posted by wicksyx View Post
    Im only 14 years old and i suffer from rosacea on both my cheeks, i was diagnosed properly a month ago by a derm but this all started October last year. A year ago i was a happy teenage girl, i went to parties, i had heaps of mates, i had a boyfriend, i got good grades at school, i was considered beautiful, i was a competitive gymnast and a state champion soccer player.

    My dream ever since i was little was too be an actress and make it big in hollywood with broadway and movies, drama and acting was my life. But now i feel so much older and drained in both body and my mind. I feel ugly, and uncomfortable in my own body, and It never ends for me, the constant fear of flushing, the burning sensastion, the phobia of the colour red, social anxiety, depression.

    Rosacea has destroyed my confidence and my life. I hate looking at myself in the mirror, i cant spend more then 20 seconds out in the sun without turning red, i cannot stand the heat and pain anymore , i am the subject of misconceptions, jokes and rude comments about my cheeks at school.
    I was forced to quit soccer and gymnastics, because of the sun and because of the strenuous exercise that came with both of them.
    Im only 14 and my life is a nightmare, the only break i can get from this rosacea hell is when im asleep but even then i can wake up in the middle of the night screaming and crying because of the burning pain.
    I feel as though my life is already slipping away from me, i wont ever know the full experience of alcohol as it is a trigger for rosacea or live a normal teenage girls life, i feel as though i wont be able to ever go out again and not have too worry about my face.
    Im sick to death of carrying around spray bottles, bottles of water, ice, medication with me every where i go, i want a normal teenage life im sick of staying home doing nothing, im sick of the looks people give me when they see me skin, im just sick to death of hating myself.
    I would not mind getting this condition at 40 or 50 like it normally comes on but 14, i mean im so young too have my life affected and taken away from me this much at this age. No body without this condition will truly understand the pain and suffering we all go through.
    Im sorry but i just needed to rant, ive had a terrible day and a terrible 5 months or so dealing with this and im not keen on some of my life with it either, i read somewhere that if you get this when you are young that it can be treated and possibly go away because of your body still developing, i was wondering if that was even the smallest bit true????
    I strictly avoid all the rosacea triggers everyday, including sugar ( trying my best, because when im upset i do tend to binge eat). Im currently on an anti-candida diet and cell food drops, and in the middle of enrolling into an online highschool so i wont have to deal with all the stress of people and my skin in class everyday. Im so sorry for my massive rant but i just cant get over this disease and how some people/doctors dont understand the true impact it has on our lives. Rosacea is more then a cosmetic disorder, it is more then a red face, it is relapsing chronic and life ruining. 2 people that have been diagonsed with rosacea have killed themselves and thousands more have developed depression or a mental disorder and if thats not saying anything i really dont know what this world has come too. Having this has inspired me too study dermatology and specialist in skin, My dreams of being an actor are still there and i hope oneday i still can be that and accomplish my true dreams. If you made it too the end of my rant congratulations haha and even more if you suffer from rosacea and are still here and alive i just wanted you too know that im so proud of you, people with perfect skin are so lucky no one should ever take that for granted


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    Hi wicksyx. Rants help! Wish we could add chocolate with that! I read through some of
    Your posts. You seem to know I think what you are dealing with. My advice would be to
    Put yourself on a strict diet similar to the Brady Barrows suggests in his book. 30 days of
    Very low carbs and see the difference it makes in your skin. As you are so young, you
    May have to add a bit more carbs. The point is, sugar and carbs are a huge trigger for
    Flushing. When I started the Paleo diet last summer I noticed a huge difference in my
    Redness and flushing with low carbs and bone broth. Just google it.

    It takes courage to get out there in the world with rosacea. I encourage you to do it.
    This has not ruined your life. It has changed your life. Take control of your life. Put
    On a hat and sunscreen and get out there.

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    I can completely empathise with you. I remember being at school one day, someone who I thought
    was my friend just randomly asked me, "why is your face always red?"
    My daily flush just intensified even more after he said that.

    It's hard to forget that you have a red face and feel comfortable in public
    when you can feel that horrible burning sensation.

    Some days.. most days I feel like you do, but then I think about other people who are dealing
    with much more severe, life affecting complications. I was driving to work a couple of weeks ago,
    thinking about my rosacea, when I saw a blind man struggling to find the entrance to a petrol station.
    And today when I was driving to the gym I saw a man walking who was missing his right hand.

    I can't even begin to imagine how these two people get on with life. I'm not trying to talk down the
    implications of rosacea, it's gotten the better of me for most of my teenager/early adult life.

    Did you end up seeing a doctor about V-beam?

    We have to fight this fight together.
    I'm so thankful for this forum, it gives me hope.

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    Hi Wicksyx, i know this is an old thread but i just wanted to see how you are doing...I really feel for you....not just because I can relate because i have Rosacea (at 44) but because my daughter, who is 6, has very rosy cheeks and i really worry about her developing rosacea at such a young age...
    I chuckled when i read your comment about how you would accept this condition if it came on later in life (in your 40's) because i often think how I would be fine with it if it afflicted me in my 60-70's lol !! Although i do agree that later is better obviously.
    Please hang in there...Ive also heard before that if caught at a young age, you can maybe control it or somehow out grow it...but i dont know if it is true.
    Hopefully some effective medical advancement will come about...time is on your side.
    Just do what you have to do to minimize the symptoms...adapt to your new lifestyle and carry on...screw what others think! We only have one life...dont let this BS condition bring you down!
    God bless you.

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    Relly sorry for you im 20 and i hate it and you are even yunger so thats shi7y but Oj cameron diaz has rosocea so is she acts so can you;) and im just new here to but i think its (rosocea) is like 50% in your head we ll see do i think the same monday school starts i hope i kepp my cool
    And i hope you kepp your cool GOOD LUCK TO YOU HOPE TO SEE YOU POST SOMETHING SOON
    and sry for bad eng hahaha

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    i know how you feel, im only 20 and it ruins my life as well. BUT there's always hope! we have to believe in it. Talk to a therapist if you feel depressed, stay on medication for a while. hugs

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